Finally, I want to set some expectations for 2022 OPL. I’m pretty happy with how 2021 OPL has turned out - it has caused some teams to make some tough decisions, it has generated a lot of excitement, and I think long-term it is going to help incentivize finishing higher in home leagues. The only concern from my perspective has been the manipulation of the suspended list, 60-day IL, and COVID-IL statuses for roster spots. The handling of these statuses will change ahead of 2022 OPL, and I’ll have more details about this after this MLB season is over.
Glad to see these are being addressed, I’d add salary manipulation as an area of concern. Outliers are scary, and its pretty hard to prevent/identify a group effort (a league or certain owners) without some degree of control over how much a team can add.
Over the course of my league, the most controversial trades have always been the ones that include disparate salary swaps.
My recommendation would be to put a standard cap on loans, and make it optional for a league to have no cap (but they can’t enter OPL). Possibly via team-to-team caps on salary per trade and # of trades cumulatively between two teams (or maybe a cooldown timer). Maybe OPL teams have a shortened trade window? Or, maybe OPL entries don’t get to trade at all? Or maybe just have a max loan amount to stay eligible. Anything would be better than seeing a couple teams (or the winner… yuck) competing due to a competitive advantage in their league, that others cannot enjoy.
I started out opposed to any salary caps. A couple trades over the past few years changed my mind.
Less due to the effect of the trade and more due to the confusion/frustration they created, and the owners we lost.
Aggressive traders will always be able to find a loophole and prey on green Otto owners.